Monday, March 29, 2010

Yes, I'm Alive, & Other News

Holy unplanned blog break, Batman!

Life has swirled out of control the last while, and my poor blog (and blog reading) has suffered. I hope to be back on the bloggy bandwagon with my regular schedule soon.

(No guarantees, however . . .)

Okay, Now for Some BIG NEWS!

I'm on the Radio!
If you're in Utah, tonight (that's Monday, March 29th) at 10:00 pm, tune in to FM 100.3.

Rebecca Cressman will be hosting me and my friend Chris. We'll talk about Band of Sisters, supporting military families, promoting Elaine Dumler's Free Flat Daddy Project, and discuss what deployment is really like.

Chris was an invaluable resource for me as I wrote the book, having gone through a deployment. She's facing their second one soon.

(Remember to visit MY FLAT DADDY PAGE to donate as much or as little as you can!)

I'm on TV!
Likewise, for Utah people, be sure to watch Good Things Utah on ABC4 this Wednesday, March 31st. The show airs for an hour at 10:00 am, and I'll be there with an actual Flat Daddy of a soldier currently deployed.

I'm Signing Books!
Then this Saturday, April 3, I'll be at the Layton Hills Mall Deseret Book for Ladies Night (6:00 pm - 8:00 pm). Please come so I'm not lonely. :)

Lately, if I'm not running around like a headless chicken for promotion, you can probably find me baking in the kitchen or at a photo shoot for Chocolate Never Faileth!, which goes to press in just over a month. (See why I've been a teeny, tiny bit busy?)

Between family stuff, promotion, a cookbook craziness, I'm lucky to keep the family from starving and going naked, let alone keeping up on my blogging. (Let's not discuss the vacuum and other housekeeping items that have been neglected . . .)

That said, many others have been spreading the word about Flat Daddies and Band of Sisters, Krista even did an author interview with me, and I've come across a couple of really nice (and surprise!) reviews of the book.

Take a look:

(This review said exactly what I hope readers will experience: that yes, while Band of Sisters is about deployment, at its core, it's really about "women connecting and befriending each other.")

Thanks to you all!

Pictures from the launch party coming soon . . . I swear . . . I think . . . yeah, that should happen at some point . . . probably . . .


Kristina P. said...

I will definitely watch. Very cool!

Amanda said...

I am so excited for you and your whirlwind. And remember, you won't look back on your life and say, "I wish I had spent more time vaccuuming." Don't stress over those small things, hire someone :)

Good luck, congratulations and go get 'em tiger!

Kimberly Vanderhorst said...

Reading about your life makes me feel vicariously exhausted - you poor girl! That's some fabulous stuff you're busy with though and I hope you're able to enjoy the ride despite the chaos!

Anonymous said...

I'll watch, I'll listen, I'll read! Glad to see you, Annette! Keep up all the good work!

Carolyn V. said...

So Awesome! I will be listening! =)

Heidi said...

It's posts like this that make me feel sad that I don't live in Utah and can't see/listen to all of this. Congratulations on all your book success!

Krista said...

Annette, my mother-in-law would tell you to be sure and take a nap! I will tell you just to be sure you aren't driving when it happens. You're amazing!

Melanie Jacobson said...

I'm so excited to read Band of Sisters, but I'm putting off all purchases of LDS fiction until Storymakers when I can get my books signed. It sounds fabulous, though!

Lyon Pride said...

I finished the last 30 pages of Band of Sisters on my way home. I've also been checking out the grammar book and learning fun stuff. Thanks for taking time to come see us! I think you deserve a maid (at least for a month)! If they wind up putting any of your interviews online, send me a link and we'll watch! We're so proud of you!!

Don said...

This is all very exciting news! Crazy, but it looks like crazy in a very good way.

Life has been extra busy for a lot of people I know. I blame daylight savings time and that whole Spring Forward thing.

Lara Neves said...

Good luck with all your media frenzy! Wish I could see/hear it all. And you!

tammy said...

I'm excited to read Band of Sisters. Are your books on Kindle? That is my newest toy.

That Girl said...

Have I ever mentioned how excited I am for the chocolate cookbook?

Cuz I am.

* said...

Yipee! You are everywhere, girl. Awesomeness.

PS: Everyone I've told about the flat daddy project thinks it's great!! You're doing a good thing!

Rebecca Blevins said...

I'm so glad that great things are happening for you!

If I lived in UT I would definitely have listened/watched/met you!

Cranberryfries said...

I've been on a big unplanned blog break too. Phewy. Hopefully that is all over and now I can play again.

It's funny to me because I still feel like I'm writing to space, so I'm totally flattered you liked my review. It must feel that awesome when you get all your good reviews on those book sites if it's anything like this. :) Thanks for the shoutout. :)


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